said, “If you prick your mouth
on a thorn, your tongue
will bloom into a rose.”
Good girls always
listen to their mothers,
and I found myself swallowing
the gaunt spines of fish, among other things.
My mouth always
tasted penny-like with the threat
of retching. I flicked pennies
down my throat, too.
hid from the world on
false turf, Jovian green.
He didn’t, couldn’t, notice
my body always
mottled and pinpricked and
red, as though the barbs
were trying to stick out of me, as though
pressed mulberries against
my thighs, my wrists, the plasma
staining new birthmarks.
In image we tremble,
our pixels kinetic
with the stifled energy
of fucking on asphalt
two hours prior. Smirks
as cipher, something to be
pondered. Hands as marlins
writhing against calloused mesh.
I remember my back arching
around the pockmarked moon, Jupiter
leering over me. I may not love
you but I love it. Its specters
purl into the hollowing of my bones,
the marrow staggers.
When I sleep, the photographs quaver
and my body echoes, as though after
a day floundering in the ocean.
I choose to dream of the flotsam
not the marlin.
Ariella Carmell is a student at the University of Chicago whose writings can be found in Spry, Words Dance, The Adroit Journal, Literary Orphans, Cadaverine, Cleaver Magazine, and other publications. She is a winner of three National Scholastic Gold and Silver Medals, a 2014 Foyle Commended Poet of the Year, and a 2015 and 2016 winner of the Blank Theatre Young Playwrights Festival.
Stefan Doru Moscu is an independent Romanian artist, born in 1982. His work covers both painting and sculpture. He studied Arts and Restauration-Conservation (polychrome wood restorer) at the Faculty of History and Heritage Nicolae Lupu of Lucian Blaga University from Sibiu, 2008. Doru Moscu participated as a painter in international group exhibitions at Projectspace of Group Global 3000, "The See"/"Vom Meer", Berlin, Germany; art contest "Art Takes Times Square", New York; GLO’ART, Belgium; SIGNS OF DEXTERITY ART MARKET BERLIN; Multipoint at Oravska Galeria in Slovakia; auction house Grimberg Gallery Bucarest; "Out of the ordinary" by Multipoint International Art Symposium in Univerzum Gallery from Nitra, Slovakia; Mirela Traistaru project at ArtSafari, Bucuresti and at the MOYA - Museum of Young Art, Vienna.